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Departments Open Doors to Students Exploring Majors


Over 500 students, mostly in their first year, participated in Major Exploration Night on Tuesday, October 16. This event is for students who are undecided on a major or who want to learn more about different career options in a particular area of study. Using a map to travel Hamline’s campus, undecided undergraduates visit departments to learn about the influence various majors can have on career paths. 

In partnership with the Career Development Center (CDC), each major department hosted an open house to allow students the opportunity to make connections, meet alumni who had graduated with the major and ask questions about job fields that might interest them.

Departments set up in buildings where most of their classes take place and displayed their course materials, experiments and activities, with some providing delicious treats.

“This event is a way to broaden students’ horizons of all the different majors that Hamline has to offer,” said Nancy Webber, who helped organize the School of Business’s open house. “When students have direct communication from faculty and peers about their prospective major, offering advice and guidance, they feel more confident about their major and career path.”

Tuesday’s event marked the second time the Major Exploration Night has been extended to the entire campus. Previously, it was known as the Major Decisions Fair and was held in one room in the Anderson Center. The layout was changed to make the experience more personal and less overwhelming for students.

“By asking questions about coursework, topics of interest, and possible careers, students can clarify their potential major choices.” said CDC Career Counselor Masha Finn. “We want students to feel confident about accessing resources across campus and pursuing coursework in majors of interest.”

Students said it was beneficial to speak to someone who was living the career they were interested in pursuing. Another student said it was especially helpful to talk and ask questions to a fellow student in the same area of study.

“It is nice to have a platform to talk to professors about the different career options available to me, and to learn about a day in the life of that major or career.” said sophomore Amanda Danielson, who is majoring in business with a concentration in management.

In addition to Major Exploration Night, Hamline offers students a variety of resources for determining majors and planning career paths.

To meet with a Career Counselor, visit the CDC page. To view all the undergraduate majors, visit the Undergraduate Admission page

Autumn Vagle, Emma Larson, and staff